The Tony Romo saga continued at league meetings with many fans and media poking the Denver Broncos head coach, Vance Joseph, for an answer about which quarterback will be play under center for the start of the 2017-2018 NFL season. As many may know, there has been mass speculation surrounding Denver about the possibilities of bringing in the oft-injured Romo to quarterback the team. But Joseph, along with John Elway, have fended off the media and stated that they want to move forward with the “two young QBs” on the team.
If the Broncos do not pick up Romo, Trevor Siemian is the projected starter. Siemian didn’t have a horrible season in 2016-2017, but struggled with injury for a few games and became quite unsettling in the pocket because of an weak offensive line. Consider that Siemian threw for 3,401 yards with 59.5% accuracy and 18 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. Siemian was also sacked 31 times and couldn’t depend on a run game that was without C.J. Anderson for almost the whole season. Some of his passes were also dropped in key situations that may have cost Denver a game or two.
Next we have the 2016 first round pick in Paxton Lynch. As a backup that played three games and started two, Lynch’s game wasn’t bad, but it was clear to see some of his rookie demeanor. Lynch completed 59% of his passes for 497 yards with 2 touchdowns to his one interception. One of the negative aspects about Lynch’s game was that he was sacked for a total of nine times in his brief three game appearance. One could easily argue that Lynch did play against a stout Tampa Defense and the NFC champion Atlanta Falcons though. But he also played against a team in Jacksonville that is still trying to find an identity and he couldn’t lead the offense to score more than it should of have.
For a second year quarterback and a rookie, Denver didn’t have as bad of quarterback play as many may have thought. There was were a ton of areas that were hurting the team’s performance as a whole. And two of the most crucial aspects were pieces that benefit quarterbacks: an offensive line and a running threat.
If these two areas are adequately addressed this offseason, then these two young QBs could develop into decent players, make the plays needed to win games, and not rely on the defense as much. Denver’s defense played too much and too tired last season, while being depended on to win games or give the offense opportunities that it spoiled in most cases.
What fans need to understand is that a player like Peyton Manning can easily mess up an opponents gameplan, even if that player is on a downfall in their career. Nobody wants to give up a big play. Romo could possible be the answer for a team struggling to make a quarterback decision. Tony does have the ability to open up many avenues for an offense to accomplish great things, but the health issues are his biggest concerns. Elway and company most likely don’t want to pay too much for a QB that could end up only playing a handful or less games in the 2017-2018 season.
As of right now there is not a definitive answer on if the Broncos will get Tony Romo or not. In my opinion, I would use this year to better the offensive line, the running game, and the defensive line to build for a promising future. Let the two quarterbacks develop this year while evaluating them. Romo doesn’t have much left physically and could end up eating valuable salary space that can be used for more important things. As is the question of most NFL front offices, win now or build for success in the future.